Ian McCalder

Ian McCalder

I love the Canadian Rockies!

Ian's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Climbing

Ian's Bio

I'm an avid climber. It's the activity that drives me to be outdoors. Camping and hiking are just ways to get to the crag for me.

Skiing is another weakness of mine and keeps me busy in the winter. I've also developed an addiction to ice climbing to round out my winter activities.

Ian McCalder

Ian McCalder wrote an answer about on October 28, 2010

The Nitrious jackets/vests are great if you're moving. So if you go for a nice cross country ski with the Swedish Olympic team, you'll be fine. However, if you're standing around waiting for a bus, or your car to warm up, the Nitrious won't be warm enough. Go for the Sub Zero SL and you'll thank yourself later. Also, say hi to the Swedish bikini models for me.

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Ian McCalder wrote a review of on October 25, 2010

5 5

I picked up these gloves for ice climbing last year, and I must say they are fantastic. The palms are truly the stickest rubber I've ever seen, and they allow unparalleled dexterity without being constraining.

However, keep in mind they are not waterproof. Like, at all. If you plan on climbing in cold or wet conditions, pick something up with a shell material. Your hands will freeze the instant these gloves get wet. Generally speaking, they are better suited for mixed climbing due to this limitation, but I still break them out on warm days for late season ice climbing.

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Ian McCalder wrote an answer about on August 30, 2010

Caddidy, that depends on your activity of choice. For general mountaineering and glacier travel, check out the Black Diamond Sabretooth Clip. If you're into more technical terrain, such as waterfall ice climbing, the Black Diamond Cyborg Clip are an excellent option. Hope that helps.

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Ian McCalder wrote an answer about on August 20, 2010

Andrew, these are full shank boots. That means the sole of the boot has little to no flex in it, and thus are very stiff. They are meant to provide a platform for your foot to stand on when covering exceptionally uneven (i.e. rocky) or technical (i.e. waterfall ice) terrain. If you're looking for a backpacking boot, I would recommend something with a softer sole, as mountaineering boots tend to kill your feet if you spend days on end walking in them.

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Ian McCalder wrote an answer about on August 9, 2010

Hey Bob,

You've posed some good questions. These are important factors when shopping for a softshell jacket.

Firstly, no this jacket is no windproof. It is made with Marmot's "M3" softshell material which is the lightest and most breathable, but least wind-resistant of their softshells. It is best used for aerobic activities in cool conditions, according to the Marmot webpage.

Comparing the Approach to the Apex: The Apex is windproof, Approach is not. Apex is fleece lined, Approach is not. Approach will be more breathable and lighter. Apex will be thicker, and likely more durable. Both are water resistant.

Jackets that would be more comparable to the Apex Bionic include the Marmot Leadville, Outdoor Research Logic, and Mountain Hardwear Andriod. Honestly, these are all going to perform relatively the same, and brand selection is a matter of personal choice/bias.

Hope that helps.

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Ian McCalder wrote an answer about on April 28, 2010

The 9 Deluxe is pretty much too big to fit into any bivy. However you should be able to cram the DownMat 7 or 9 into any Outdoor Research Bivy Sack. OR used to distribute ExPed products, so the two brands work fairly well together.

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